mensch (259) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
While this is a belgian strong ale, it more properly belongs in the Spice/Herb/Vegetable beer category as the chiles really dominate the aroma and flavor. They add those qualities without the heat that infests other chile beers Iíve tasted. Itís dressed in an inviting reddish brass color. The cinnamon peeks through in the middle with a long chile finish. There is a solid fruit/malt/alcohol belgian ale backbone. Very interesting. The low scores are because I donít like chile in my beer. Iím anxiously awaiting the 12.12.12 vertical tasting to see how it changes. ANYONE GOT 02.02.02 FOR TRADE?
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured copper with a beige head. Aroma was peppers up front, then caramel, slight chocolate, cinnamon, and dark fruits. Flavor was chilies, plum, cinnamon, and some slight citrus. Body was medium with low carbonation.
Beerman6686 (4709) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured a darker red color with a beiege head. Aroma was of darker candy sugar, yeasty characters, light chilies and some caramel. Flavor was much the same, not much chilies or cinnamon, basic belgian dark, but not bad.
Lowe1983 (1363) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a darker amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of spices, chiles, caramel malts, and a hint of alcohol. Flavor is of spices, a hint of chiles, and some alcohol warming on the finish. Just a hint of some spice but not too much.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours a clear copper body with a medium beige head. Aroma of dates, raisins, Peeps Easter candies, leather, Belgian yeast, cinnamon, banana, caramel, and rye. Flavor of dates, raisins, wood, cinnamon, mild chilies, banana, vanilla, and herbs.
kidmartinek (3742) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2011
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Medicincy, not medicinal, but in a foreign country kind of way. Amber with an alcohol consistency, and that means runny. Some vegetable spice herb bullshit going on. Just make beer stone. Why? Smells like something i donít want to take when Iím sick. Tastes like a pumpkin ale. Fail. But Iím sure the ingredients were expensive... unfortunately an occasional poor indicator of quality.... which does not equate to enjoyment.
TomDecapolis (4546) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours a lightly hazy deep brownish amber with a medium creamy off white head that lefty spoty lacing. Aroma of chocolate, chilis, toasted malt, hints of toffee. Flavor of chilis, chocolate, earthy notes, piney hops, hints of cinnamon and some banana/clove. Not a fan of beers with peppers but this one isnít overdone.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear brown pour with a small white head. Chocolate chili peppers and doughy spice lead to hints of booze and really weird phenols. Medium body with low carbonation. Funky chili pepper finish. Very mediocre.
craftycarl21 (2254) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber red pour, on draught at Churchkey. Nose and flavor both hold both kinds of spice, with cinnamon and nutmeg along with some good chili presence. Candied sugar and caramel comes through as well. Palate is underwhelming. This series has gotten worse and worse.
flatmatt (1162) - Northville, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a red amber with a yellowy off-white head. Aroma has red grape, a little yeasty banana, a hint of tartness. Flavor has some dark fruit, cocoa powder, earthiness. An interesting flavor that I canít place until I remember seeing the note about Anaheim chilies. I also get the cinnamon a little. Seems pretty well done, but I just donít think I can get totally into this.